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November 6, 2010

Milk & Honey Market opens in Mt. Vernon

honeyMilk & Honey Market opened today in Mt. Vernon. Here's Laura Vozzella's post about it from July and a more recent story by Jacques Kelly that recalls the old pharmacy that used to be in this location. The ownership situation is a little daedal, but Laura and Jacques covered it so well that I won't bother explaining it from scratch.

The focus here is on local -- Milk & Honey sells Atwater's soups Stone Mill Bakery breads, Clementine comestibles, and products from Gunpowder Bison.

The local philosophy is not so rigid to exclude Washington State pears and imported cheeses. I was happy to see that an old acquaintance, Ethan Cook, is setting up the cheese selection here -- a Whole Foods alumnus, he was running the specialty department in a high-volume store in San Francisco. Finally, good cheese in Mt. Vernon.

The neighborhood feels ready for this place. When I was there, Vicky Schassler, the owner of the nearby Spirits of Mt. Vernon dropped by with a housewarming gift.


The cases weren't fully stocked today. But panini were being pressed and espresso was being poured. There's a lounge-like area for patrons to sit and enjoy it all.

Still to come -- fruit-based blender drinks, outdoor seating.

Milk & Honey will be open seven days a week, beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends (that's not set in stone, though). The address is 816 Cathedral St., and the phone number is 410-685-6455.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 3:52 PM | | Comments (10)


The wife and I walked in there around 5 today. Since I just left the Greek Festival I wasn't in the mood to buy any food, but I liked what I saw. I'd say the emphasis is more on quality than quantity.

It was nice to see a good crowd in there. I wish something like this would have been in Mount Vernon when I lived there.

I love this place. This is used to be my first work place. I was an intern and I worked there for six month before I moved to Oregon.


"Daedal"? Nice. You are classing up the joint, Richard! Keep up the good work.

More important, what time will it close?

Jared and I used to wait outside this empty storefront for months while we waited for the number 11 bus. Considering that the 11 was often incredibly late we discussed often just when Milk and Honey would open. Glad to see it finally did.

Thanks for the info! I'm glad to know of a nearby place that sells Gunpowder Bison meat. I use their ground bison to make some of my favorite kefta burgers with this recipe:

I'm glad to know I'll be able to get the bison to make them even after the Farmers' Market has closed for the season.

A-ha! thanks Courtney! For some reason the concept of not being able to buy Gunpowder after December had yet to occur to me, but I'm fairly certain that when it had dawned on me, it would have been a crisis. We eat a lot of bison in our house. Thanks for the reminder that I can still buy it in the cold months!

Can't wait to check this place out.

After reading Jacques Kelly's article about it on Saturday, I went down to check it out on Sunday afternoon. The people that run it where very friendly and told me that since they only opened the day before, they wheren't fully stocked. I liked what I saw and I bought a roast beef sandwich which was very good and fresh. I think it is great that a small independant cafe like this has opened up in Mt. Vernon. That block was so dead before and I hope this puts a little more life into it.

Ethen Cook is a great cheese man! I worked with him in San Francisco and you re lucky to have him!

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